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Learn how professional landscape photographers use Photoshop in four simple steps.

When it comes to processing landscapes, there are only four main concepts you need to know: layers, masks, smart objects, and luminosity masks.

And once you learn them, even the most advanced techniques (like dodging and burning or exposure blending) will make total sense.

I've simplified these pillars of Photoshop into easy-to-follow guides that you can start reading right now. 

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Smart Objects in Photoshop: The Essential Guide for Photographers

Welcome to the wonderful world of smart objects for Photoshop! In this comprehensive guide, we're going to turn smart objects inside out and break them down into simple terms. You'll discover exactly how smart objects protect your image from permanent damage and allow you to maintain a completely non-destructive workflow, ...

My Best Tips for Creative Autumn Photography

Autumn is, by far, my favorite season to photograph. The first piece of foliage signals the beginning of an ethereal journey through nature as I watch it transform into vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. Scenes that I have become familiar with morph into a mosaic of colors and ...

How to Create Crisp Sunstars and Sun Rays

Us landscape photographers have little control over the environment we photograph...so we often rely on our camera skills to create the image we want by manipulating how the scene is rendered. One powerful way to enhance interest and create a compelling focal point is to transform light sources (usually the ...
Dodging and burning with luminosity masks in Photoshop.

Dodging and Burning with Luminosity Masks

Dodging and burning in Photoshop is a powerful way to control the light and shadow of your landscape...but it can also present some unique problems, particularly flat tones and muddy detail. Here's the good news: luminosity masks can instantly enhance the clarity of your dodging and burning by preserving contrast and ...
Using luminosity masks to enhance light and mood of a landscape photograph.

How Luminosity Masks Enhance Light and Atmosphere

Luminosity masks are a powerful Photoshop technique used to make advanced selections based on the tonal value of an image. This makes it the perfect tool for enhancing the light and atmosphere of a landscape photograph...transforming a lackluster image into an extraordinary work of art that explodes with color, depth, ...
Luminosity Masks for Landscape Photography - The Ultimate Guide

Luminosity Masks for Landscape Photography: The Ultimate Guide

Luminosity masks are undoubtedly one of the most powerful (and popular) processing techniques in Photoshop, especially for landscape photographers. Being able to create completely customized selections based on the tones of your image will revolutionize your workflow. It's easy to see why many professional landscape photographers use these masks. They can enhance ...
Layers Tutorial - How to use the brush tool in Photoshop

Refining a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool

Using the brush tool with layer masks will create an incredibly versatile environment in Photoshop. It allows you to draw over the exact areas you want to apply an adjustment to...and since this is a non-destructive workflow, you can always alter your adjustment at any time by simply applying new ...

How Layer Masks Work in Photoshop

Layers are your control station for image processing in Photoshop. However, in order to unlock the full power of layers and reap the ultimate rewards...you need to also use layer masks so you can tailor adjustments to the content of your image. In this comprehensive tutorial, I'll explain layer masks ...
Layers in Photoshop

Working with Layers in Photoshop: A Beginner’s Guide

Layers are a powerhouse tool in Photoshop, and one of the core strengths that this program has over Lightroom. However, the concept of layers can be difficult to grasp...so I've put together this extensive (yet easy-to-follow) guide that explains what layers are and how they work to enhance your photographs. ...
Christopher O'Donnell, Landscape Photographer and Educator
Christopher O'Donnell, Landscape Photographer and Educator

Welcome! I'm Chris O'Donnell.

I’ve been using Lightroom and Photoshop to process my photos for quite a few years now (PS since 2006, and LR came along a few years later). 

I don't tell you what you “should” or “should not” do. Instead, I pull the curtain back on my creative techniques and workflows, revealing my own perspective and experiences after 10+ years immersed in landscape photography – and leave it up to you on how this new knowledge should be used for enhancing YOUR Lightroom & Photoshop workflow.

The goal of my guides and courses is to get your creative gears grinding and provide you with the tools and knowledge to develop your own techniques – both in the digital darkroom and the field.

Not only is this more satisfying creatively, but sets you up for future success by relying on your own skills as a photographer.